What were you expecting, a no-hitter?

Amanda BrunoCorrespondent IJune 25, 2009

17 Oct 2001:  John Smoltz #29 of the Atlanta Braves throws a pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the ninth inning of Game 2 of the NLCS at Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix, Arizona. The Braves won 8-1. DIGITAL IMAGE  Mandatory Credit: Jeff Gross/ALLSPORT
Calm down Red Sox Nation.
So John Smoltz didn't pitch a no-hitter after not pitching in almost a year.
He wasn't lined up for his first win of the season either, however after his first inning blunder of allowing four runs, Smoltz calmed down and pitched back-to-back 1-2-3 innings in the fourth and fifth. He showed he did have control at the end against the Washington Nationals.
Smoltz threw 92 pitches, gave up seven hits, two for extra bases, five runs, a walk, and five strikeouts. He also struck out the side in the fifth. That's not horrendous, but fans really wouldn't like to see that kind of an outing again. The sad part is that fans would take this over Daisuke Matsuzaka any day.
It's not the end of the world, it's really only the beginning. 
John Smoltz is back, he'll get his groove, he'll be lethal, and everyone hopes for big things to come by this.
Keeping you posted folks.